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Publication numberUS20060176016 A1
Publication typeApplication
Application numberUS 11/054,457
Publication dateAug 10, 2006
Filing dateFeb 9, 2005
Priority dateFeb 9, 2005
Also published asUS7339349
Publication number054457, 11054457, US 2006/0176016 A1, US 2006/176016 A1, US 20060176016 A1, US 20060176016A1, US 2006176016 A1, US 2006176016A1, US-A1-20060176016, US-A1-2006176016, US2006/0176016A1, US2006/176016A1, US20060176016 A1, US20060176016A1, US2006176016 A1, US2006176016A1
InventorsYeoh Kok
Original AssigneeKok Yeoh S
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Pocket personal computer with mobile phone
US 20060176016 A1
Abstract
An improved PDA device/pocket PC with hand phone/mobile phone device that does not allow shut down of the device when the power of the battery gets low and the device needs a new battery to be fitted in without having any interruption in continuity of conversation and/or continuity of downloading something from internet. The said improved device prevents operator to push the old battery during replacement of the said battery with a new one thereby ensuring uninterrupted flow of power to the said device from the second new battery. The battery swapping mechanism controls mechanically the movement of the said old battery at the time of its replacement. Swapping mechanism includes at least a hook device having three lever-actuated interconnected metallic pins. A slotted battery pack has been devised suiting the said battery swapping mechanism of the said device to achieve the objects.
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1. An improved PDA device/pocket PC with hand phone/mobile phone device comprising:
a main body for fitting various operative components;
a battery swapping mechanism including at least a hook device having three metallic pins of which one is square and another is triangular located at a pre-calculated distance, the other hook/pin being located just below the square one thereby preventing movement of the old battery till the new battery takes the position of the old one, all the hooks being interconnected to each other by a spring-loaded lever mechanism in such a fashion that both pins will be actuated when either of them is pushed;
a battery pack having at least a positive and a negative metallic strip and detachably fitted to the main body for supplying power to the said device, the said battery being machined by an end milling process to provide with at least three slots for receiving the said hooks/pins/lifter; two slots being located at same place but on different plane, i.e., one slot is located just above to the other, the second slot being small in its breadth, out of the said two slots one slot receives a non-metallic lock plug and the other receives the said square pin and the third slot being located away from these two slots that receives triangular pin in normal position of the battery on the said device, the slot meant for triangular pin/lifter being milled 45° with respect to the plane of the said battery;
at least four terminal switches, out of four, upper two terminal switches accept positive terminal of the said battery, and the rest lower two terminal switches accept negative terminal of the said battery; and
a predetermined place, suitably machined, preferably milled, meant for a SIM card that is located just beside the four terminal switches, and particularly installed between the said battery pack and the said body of the said device.
2. The improved device, according to claim 1, wherein the said lock plug locks the battery-position to permanently lock the said battery when triangular and square pins engage their respective slots in the said battery.
3. The improved device, according to claim 2, wherein the said lock plug is non-metallic, preferably made of durable plastics.
4. The improved device, according to claim 1, wherein the said lock plug is used to unlock the said battery during replacement.
5. The improved device, according to claim 1, further includes a digital camera for grabbing images which is movably rotatable 180° with respect to its horizontal axis of rotation.
6. The improved device, according to claim 1, wherein metals are used in hook device having three metallic pins/hooks/lifters to have adequate strength of the pins/hooks/lifters presumably pushed by a human being during interchange of batteries.
7. The improved device, according to claim 1, wherein the said battery swapping mechanism does not allow shutting down of the device when the power of the battery gets low and the device needs a new battery to be fitted in without having any interruption in continuity of conversation or even continuity of downloading something from internet.
8. A method of swapping in a new battery pack into the recess meant for the said battery pack using the said battery swapping mechanism of the said improved device comprising the steps of:
sliding of old battery by pushing the said old battery with a new one in a direction towards the square pin leaving behind the triangular pin/lifter to the half way of the width of the device keeping contact with one pair of terminal switches so that swapped out old battery hides two terminal switches located at the outward part of the battery, i.e., more precisely, said switches located just below the position of the square pin, and only the rest two terminal switches are made visible from the inward side of the battery;
pushing the said old battery with a new battery in such a way so that the said two terminal switches are always in contact with the pattern/metallic strip of the said battery during the sliding of the old battery thereby having uninterrupted power flow from battery to the said device; and
replacing the said new battery with the said old battery by actuating the triangular hook/lifter in a manner so that when the triangular hook/pin/lifter is pushed upward by the said new battery, a spring-loaded lever located inside the case of the device actuates the square hook/pin and the pin located below the said square pin moves in upward direction thereby releasing the said pins from the two recesses of the battery located above and below of the slot so that the battery can move smoothly over the channel made for it.
Description
FIELD OF INVENTION

The present invention relates to an improved pocket personal computer (PC) with hand mobile phone, and more particularly to an improved PDA (personal digital assistant) device, that provides continuous flow of power during the replacement of battery. I.e., no shut down is required if old battery is replaced by a new one so that conversation and/or downloading can be continued without interruption.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

Most existing PDA devices and/or pocket PCs with hand phone/mobile phone device have a phone body and a detachable rechargeable battery pack for supplying power to the phone body. In a conventional PDA/mobile phone, when the battery charge is low or the battery dies, replacement of the battery requires shutting down the device. The battery is removed and a new battery is placed therein. The process may involve disruption of conversation or disruption of downloading process from Internet to the said device. Alternatively, the device may be plugged into a power source so as to charge the battery.

The user can switch video modes on Pocket PC just like a Windows® desktop. At work or at home, the user can use the Pocket PC remote control component to work with a PDA using a keyboard or mouse, which is more efficient and convenient.

Related art will be explained with reference to FIGS. 1, 1A, 1B, 1C and 1D. U.S. Pat. No. 6,060,193 dated May 9, 2000, and issued to Timo Remes, Salo et al, shows an attachment of a mobile phone battery. FIG. 1A depicts the fitting into place of the battery by pushing the battery into the recess in the casing of the phone. FIG. 1B shows a cross section of the casing, III-III, from FIG. 1C. FIG. 1C shows the casing of a mobile phone from the bottom side with the recess in it for a battery.

FIG. 1D shows the locking between the catch incorporated in the recess and the locking element of the battery. The battery 9 is pushed in the horizontal direction, for example in the direction of the surface of the phone, into a recess 2 formed in the casing 1 of the phone. The shallow recess 2 comprises the longitudinal sides 3 of the casing 1 as well as a lateral end 4, which is arranged to come up against the end of the battery that is pushed into place. On both sides 3 of the recess 2, there are tabs 5, 5′ which are positioned symmetrically in the direction of the phone's bottom surface and between which there remain spaces 6 and beneath which there are grooves 7 to receive the tabs on the sides of the battery.

The tabs nearest to the end 4 of the recess have bevels 8 which are oriented towards the direction from which the battery is pushed into place. The sides of the battery 9 are equipped with tabs 10, 10′. Battery 9 slides under the tabs 5, 5′ of the tabs on the sides of the recess 2 so as to hold the battery in place in the vertical direction. Holding of the battery 9 in place in the horizontal direction is arranged with at least one locking element 12, which is located on the side of the battery and locks, when viewed in the direction of pushing, behind the tab 5′ on the side of the recess in such a fashion that the tab 5′ functions as an element that holds the battery in place simultaneously in both the horizontal and vertical direction. The locking element 12 is located with a spring which, when pushed, releases the battery, enabling it to be removed. The battery 9 is equipped with a spring-loaded locking piece 11. The locking piece 11 is positioned near the tip 13 of the battery. By pressing a push button of locking piece 11 against the spring 14, the locking elements 12 can nevertheless be brought to the same level as the tabs 10′ on the sides of the battery.

U.S. Patent Publication No. 2003/0003949 A1 dated Jan. 2, 2003 of Jun Won Park deals with a mobile phone in which a battery pack can be removed easily. EP 1,102,411 A2 relates to a battery pack for a mobile phone.

To solve the above problem, an improved PDA device/pocket PC with hand phone/mobile phone has been devised that does not require shut down of the device when the power of the battery gets low. Continuity of conversation and/or continuity of the data connection can be maintained without interruption.

An improved pocket PC or PDA with an improved mechanism for facilitating battery swapping is thus highly desirable.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

Accordingly, the present invention is directed to an improved PDA device/pocket PC with hand phone/mobile phone that substantially obviates one or more limitations and disadvantages of the prior devices.

An object of the present invention is to provide an improved PDA device/pocket PC with hand phone/mobile phone device that does not require the shut down of the device when the battery power is low or the device needs a new battery, thereby having no interruption in continuity of conversation and/or data connection.

Another object of the present invention is to provide an improved PDA device/pocket PC with hand phone/mobile phone device that prevents the user to push the old battery with a new one, thereby ensuring uninterrupted flow of power to the said device from the second new battery.

A further object of the present invention is to provide the said device with a battery swapping mechanism to mechanically control the movement of the said old battery during its replacement.

Still another further object of the present invention is a battery pack suiting the said battery swapping mechanism of the said device to achieve the above objects.

The said PDA device/pocket PC with hand phone/mobile phone device comprises at least one built-in metallic triangular locking element/pin/lifter located at the lower part of opposite to screen, i.e., at the back side of the said main body of the said device.

The present invention also shows a method of swapping in a new battery pack into the recess meant for the said battery pack.

The method of swapping in a new battery pack into the recess meant for the said battery pack using the said battery swapping mechanism of the said device includes the steps of: sliding of old battery by pushing the said old battery with a new one in a direction towards the square pin leaving behind the triangular pin/lifter to the half-way of the width of the device keeping contact with one pair of terminal switches so that swapped out old battery hides two terminal switches located at the outward part of the battery, i.e., more precisely, said switches located just below the position of the square pin, and only the rest two terminal switches are made visible from the inward side of the battery; pushing the said old battery with a new battery in such a way so that the said two terminal switches are always in contact with the pattern/metallic strip of the said battery during the sliding of the old battery thereby having uninterrupted power flow from battery to the said device; and replacing the said new battery with the said old battery by actuating the triangular hook in a manner so that when the triangular hook/pin/lifter is pushed upward by the said new battery, a lever located inside the case of the device actuates the square hook/pin and the pin located below the said square pin moves in upward direction thereby releasing the said pins from the two recesses of the battery located above and below of the slot so that the battery can move smoothly over the channel made for it.

Additional features and advantages of the invention will be set forth in the description which follows, and in part will be apparent from the description, or may be learned by practice of the present invention. The objectives and other advantages of the invention will be realized and attained by the structure particularly pointed out in description and claims hereof as well as appended drawings.

To achieve these and other advantages and in accordance with the purpose of the present invention, as embodied and broadly described, the improved PDA device/pocket PC with hand phone/mobile phone device includes a main body for fitting various operative components: a battery swapping mechanism including at least a hook device having three metallic pins of which one is square and another is triangular located at a pre-calculated distance, the other hook/pin being located just below the square one thereby preventing movement of the old battery till the new battery takes the position of the old one, all the hooks being interconnected to each other by a lever mechanism in such a fashion that the both pins will be actuated when either of them is pushed; a battery pack having at least a positive and a negative metallic strip and detachably fitted to the main body for supplying power to the said device, the said battery being machined by an end milling process to provide with at least three slots for receiving the said hooks/pins/lifter; two slots being located at same place but on different plane, i.e., one slot is located just above to the other, the second slot being small in its breadth, out of the said two slots one slot receives a non-metallic lock plug and the other receives the said square pin and the third slot being located away from these two slots that receives triangular pin in normal position of the battery on the said device, the slot meant for triangular pin/lifter being milled 45° with respect to the plane of the said battery; at least four terminal switches, out of four, upper two terminal switches accept positive terminal of the said battery and the rest lower two terminal switches accept negative terminal of the said battery; and a predetermined place, suitably machined, preferably milled, meant for a SIM card that is located just beside the four terminal switches, and particularly installed between the said battery pack and the said body of the said device.

These and other objects, advantages and features of the invention will be more readily understood and appreciated by reference to the detailed description of the drawings.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

The invention is described in the following in greater detail by way of an example with reference to the accompanying drawings in which:

FIG. 1A depicts inserting the battery into a recess in the casing of the phone according to the related art;

FIG. 1B shows a cross section view of the casing, III-III, from FIG. 1C according to the related art;

FIG. 1C shows a bottom view of the casing of a mobile phone with the recess according to the related art;

FIG. 1D shows a locking mechanism between the catch incorporated in the recess and the locking element belonging to the battery according to the related art;

FIG. 2 shows an embodiment of the improved PDA device/PC with hand phone/mobile phone engaged with the battery pack under normal condition according to the present invention;

FIG. 3 depicts the improved PDA device/PC with hand phone/mobile phone when one new battery pushes the old battery without shutting down the said device according to the present invention;

FIG. 4 illustrates the engagement of the pins of the said device during halfway movement of the old battery when the new battery pushes the old one according to the present invention; and

FIG. 5 illustrates plane of the battery slot makes 45° angle with respect to the plane of the said battery.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

According to the present invention the improved PDA device/pocket PC with hand phone/mobile phone device 15 has a main body 24 for fitting various operative components responsible to act the said device 15 as a PDA device/pocket PC with hand phone/mobile phone.

The device 15 includes a battery swapping mechanism 25; a battery pack 16 suitably designed for the battery swapping mechanism 25 of the device 15; at least four terminal switches (not shown) for having power supply from the said battery pack 16 to the said device 15; a suitably machined, preferably milled predetermined place (not shown) meant for a SIM card; a SIM card and a digital camera movably rotatable 180° with respect to its horizontal axis of rotation.

The battery swapping mechanism 25 includes at least a hook device having three metallic pins of which one is square pin 19 and another is triangular by pin 18 located at a pre-calculated distance 23. The other hook/pin is located just below the square one 19. All the hooks are interconnected to each other by spring 22 loaded lever mechanism 17 in such a fashion that both the pins 18, 19 will be actuated when either of them is pushed. The pins/hooks are made of a suitable metals/alloys having adequate strength. A user may forget the material of the hooks is plastic and thus the hook may break if pins 18, 19 are made of plastic.

The battery pack 16 has at least a positive and a negative metallic strip and the said battery pack 16 is detachably fitted to the main body for supplying power to the said device 15. The battery 16 is machined by an end milling process to provide at least three slots for receiving the hooks/pins/lifter. Out of these three slots, two slots are located at same place but on different plane, i.e., one slot 20 is located just above to the other. The lowermost slot is small in its breadth. Out of the said two slots the upper slot receives a non-metallic lock plug and the other receives the square pin 19. The lock plug locks the battery in position to permanently lock the battery when triangular pin 18 and square pin 19 engage with their respective slots in the said battery under normal condition. The third slot 26 of the said battery is preferably located away from these two slots 20, 21. The said third slot 26 receives the said metallic triangular pin 18 in normal position of the battery on the said device 15. The slot meant for triangular pin/lifter 18 is milled in such a fashion that the plane of the said slot makes 45° angles with respect to the plane of the said battery 16. The said non-metallic lock plug is used to unlock the said battery 16 during its replacement with a new one.

There are at least four terminal switches in-built in the rear side 27 of the body of the said device 15. Upper two switches receives positive metallic strip of the battery pack and the lower two connects negatively charges metallic strip of the said battery pack 16. During replacement of an old battery 16 with the new one 28, at least two terminal switches always keep contact with the pattern/metallic strip of the said battery 16. This results in uninterrupted power flow from battery 16, 28 to the said device 15.

A SIM card for establishing communication with the service provider of the device 15 is located just beside the four terminal switches. The SIM card is installed between the said battery pack 16 and the said body of the said device. The place for the SIM card is suitably machined, preferably milled.

A small digital camera is fitted to the device. The function of the said camera fitted on the top right corner of the said device 15 is to take pictures as images the user desires. The said camera is movably rotatable 180° with respect to its horizontal axis.

The battery swapping mechanism 25 allows sliding of old battery 16 in a direction towards the square pin 19 leaving behind the triangular pin/lifter 18 approximately half way 29 of the width of the device 15, keeping contact with one pair of terminal switches. Swapped out old battery 16 conceals two terminal switches located at the outward part of the battery. More precisely, the terminal switches are located just below the position of the square pin 19, and only the rest two terminal switches are made visible from the inward side of the battery. The two terminal switches are in contact with the pattern/metallic strip of the said battery 15 during the sliding of the old battery 16.

As long as the pattern/metallic strip of the battery will be in contact with the said two terminal switches, power flow from battery to the said device will be uninterrupted. The said new battery 28 will replace the said old battery 16 by actuating the triangular lifter 18. When the triangular hook/pin/lifter 18 is pushed upward by the new battery 28, a lever 17 located inside the case of the device 15 actuates the square hook/pin 19 and the pin located below the square pin 19 moves in upward direction thereby releasing the pins from the two recesses 20, 21 of the battery 16 located above and below of the battery 16. The battery 16 thereby can move smoothly over the channel. The battery swapping mechanism 25 allows only one-way movement for both the old battery 16 and new batteries 28, i.e., in a direction towards the square pin 19 leaving behind the triangular pin/lifter 18.

It is to be understood, however, that although the characteristics and advantages of the present invention have been set forth in the foregoing description, the disclosure is illustrative only, and changes may be made in the arrangement of the parts within the scope of the appended claims.

The above description is of the preferred embodiment. Various alterations and changes can be made without departing from the spirit and broader aspects of the invention as defined in the appended claims, which are to be interpreted in accordance with the principles of patent law including the doctrine of equivalents. Any references to claim elements in the singular, for example, using the articles “a,” “an,” “the,” or “said,” is not to be construed as limiting the element to the singular.

Classifications
U.S. Classification320/114
International ClassificationH02J7/00
Cooperative ClassificationY02E60/12, H04M1/0262, H01M2/1066
European ClassificationH04M1/02A14B, H01M2/10C2D2
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Aug 29, 2011FPAYFee payment
Year of fee payment: 4
Apr 18, 2005ASAssignment
Owner name: DALLAB INC SDN BHD, MALAYSIA
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